I heard that so many tourists had problem with traffic police, is that right?
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It depends. If you possess the Vietnamese driving license for the motorbike you are driving, you can legally drive Ha Giang. If you possess an international motorbike driver’s license, you may legally be able to drive a motorbike in Ha Giang province. Be sure to consult with the issuer and Vietnamese driving laws to confirm.
If you don’t have the correct motorbike license, as many drivers do not, you can usually still rent a motorbike, but beware that there are police checkpoints all over Ha Giang with police ready to issue fines to drivers who aren’t properly licensed. These police checkpoints have increased over recent years as the number of tourists has grown.
While it may be tempting to rent a motorbike and drive Ha Giang yourself, and while many travelers do in fact decide to take the plunge, it is not without significant risk. The Ha Giang Loop is a challenging drive, even for experienced motorcyclists, and you may run the risk of getting in trouble with the police if you are caught without a Vietnamese motorbike license. warning on the side of caution, it’s recommended that you book a Ha Giang Loop tour with an easy rider. Easy riders are highly experienced in driving the Ha Giang Loop and will allow you to have an adventure while feeling a bit more at ease.
Learn more about hiring a motorbike driver in Ha Giang here.